The basic objectives of Chambers of Commerce and community development organizations can be traced to a single basic theme: every locality wants to get its fair share of economic growth. In the United States it is largely taken for granted that growth is the normal state of affairs. Politicians are elected with a mandate to stimulate and sustain growth. Economists try to explain and predict it. Businesses invest in growth through purchases of capital and more productive technology. Planners work to attract the types of growth needed and desired by their jurisdictions. And citizens do their part through procreation and increasing per capita consumption of goods and services.